A,B,C—There’s a Mind Map for Me: Learning a Language Using Mind Mapping – Part 2

This post continues from Language Learning Using Mind Mapping  Part 1.

If you’re using Mind Mapping to teach a language, encourage your students to come up with as many words as they can when they are creating their Mind Map.

And remind them that it’s okay to have a “full” mind map.

Be sure to drive home the benefit of pictures—the more, the merrier as well.

If your students are a bit older, you can also try the following technique.

You can expand the earlier mind map to create a visual mind map with some creativity.

Let’s say you’re learning German—Frau is German for lady or missus, and Fraulein is, you might know, a young lady, or Miss.

Try mind mapping with word and image association—add a frowning plump lady for “Frau” and a leaner (still frowning) young lady for the word “Fraulien.”

Humour and imagery stick in your mind like nothing else does, and although this might mean more work (and deson’t expect to find associations for every word) this will make for a fun mind map that will aid you a great deal.

A word of caution, though: This works really well for students whose primary goal is to learn to speak. If you’re looking for formal writing knowledge as well, this map might not be as effective as the earlier one.

Mind maps can also be used to increase your existing vocabulary in any language.

Etymological mind maps (mind maps from roots of words) are a good idea for this.

Have a strong etymological root in the center, and branch out into different words that use that root.

There will be other roots that those words use, and you can branch out of those as well.

pathosFor example (using English so we can understand the principle) , let’s say you are mind mapping the root “pathos,” which means “suffering.” Some of your words may be pathology, sympathy, telepathic, and pathetic.

Try and add images, emoticons, or anything visual to make the mind map stick better in your memory.

Now, the word “telepathy” can itself branch off in to other words that use the root “tele-“.

Or, for a more Buzanesque mind map, create sentences with branch words such as “telepathy” or think of other words that are (non-etymologically) related to “telepathy”—maybe communication, sensory, ESP, etc.

Mind Mapping ist groß, nicht wahr?

How do you think you can use mind mapping in language learning and enhancement?

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